Fit Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

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I’ve said it before, but my hubby is not the biggest fan of traditional Spaghetti (thus this and this), but I am.  We had a lengthy discussion about this and what it came down to was the sauce.  He’s just not a fan of the bottled/canned sauces that are available to purchase on the grocery isle.  So, I set out to make us a homemade sauce that would make all of our tummies smile.  Here’s what did the trick!

The secret to most GREAT sauces is the opportunity to let them simmer for a nice amount of time.  While this sauce takes only a few minutes to prepare, it does require a nice 45-minute simmer.  So, plan ahead.  The simmering is where all the magic happens, so don’t be messing with that step if you mess with anything.

I love the balance of textures found in the sauce.  I used a combination of diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes and I think it yielded some fabulous texture.

The spice combination is pretty perfect too!  If I wasn’t feeding a 2-year-old, I may have added a bit more crushed red pepper . . . but what I have in the recipe is definitely enough to give is a slight punch without really even noticing it’s there. And, you’ll find all your traditional Italian spices in there too.

Fit Homemade Spaghetti Sauce - Mimi's Fit Foods

I must note that I used no added sugars.  Sugars are typically added to most spaghetti sauces.  I was hoping that this sauce would taste well without it, and I am happy to report that it’s not even missed . . . not one bit!

You can easily use lean ground beef in the recipe.  I chose to use ground turkey to save a little on calories and fat, but they can be interchangeable.

This recipe makes a lot of sauce.  I like it that way because then I can freeze it and use it for later (without having to do any of the work).  It freezes beautifully.

I like to serve this sauce on top of whole wheat noodles of any kind.  It would also be delicious served over spaghetti squash.  Seriously  . . . I’m so glad to have this recipe because now we can have spaghetti a little more often with smiles all-around!  Homemade is always better, isn’t it!?

Fit Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Mimi’s Fit Foods
Adapted from Tastes of Lizzy T

2 pounds ground turkey
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 (14.5-ounces each) cans Italian diced tomatoes, with juice
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1 cup water
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

In a large saucepan, brown the ground turkey along with the chopped onion. Drain, if necessary.

Add in the rest of the ingredients and bring to a low boil, stirring often. Once the sauce is heated through and at a low boil, reduce the burner temperature to low and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Yields Approximately 13 Cups.

Nutritional Information (Per 1/2 Cup):
77 Calories | 7.9g Protein | 4.1g Carbs | 3.6g Fat (0.9g = Sat.) | 0.6g Fiber | 2.5g Sugars


Baked Corn Dogs

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Oh my word!  Sorry for my absence the past week!  I was traveling, but had still hoped to get my recipes posted and it just didn’t happen.  So, why not apologize for my delay with corn dogs!  Yes, I love corn dogs.  (Have you ever tried one at Disneyland?  They are INCREDIBLE!)  I rarely eat them though because they come fried like 99.9% of the time.  Unless . . . . we make them ourselves at home.  I stumbled across this recipe a couple summers ago and gave them a whirl.  I’m not gonna lie.  I think these are SO much better than the typical, fried corn dogs.  They’re worth the extra amount of work, which really isn’t much, and they are WAY healthier for us.  I’ve taken them to family BBQ’s (reheating them on the grill) and they are a gobbled up in no time.  Definitely a crowd pleaser among adults and children alike.

I usually buy Turkey Franks.  I’ve bought the Jennie-O brand (70 calories per dog) and the Ball Park-All White Turkey brand (only 45 calories per dog).   Both yield tasty results.  (If you’re not trying to be super-duper healthy I will tell you that the Nathan’s All-Beef Hot Dogs are the yummiest, but you’ll pay for it with extra calories as they come in at 170 calories per dog.)

The dough is a cinch to pull together.  The only trick is to make sure you allow enough time for it to rise, so plan accordingly.  Once the dough is risen it takes maybe ten minutes to roll it out and wrap around your hotdogs and then you just bake them.  The dough has a nice, sweat corn taste to compliment the hotdogs and I personally love to dip the finished corn dogs in spicy mustard (it’s high in flavor and low in calories).

Sometimes I cut some of the hotdogs in half (crosswise) before I wrap the dough around them so that there are little ones for the kids.   We eat these at record speed every time I make them.  I’m pretty sure you will too.

Baked Corn Dogs
Adapted from The Food Network

1 cup reduced-fat milk
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (like SAF)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 cup fine yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting and kneading
1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
12 reduced-fat hot dogs (I used Ball Park Turkey Franks)
1 large egg, beaten

Warm the milk to about 110 degrees; pour into mixing bowl. Sprinkle in the yeast and let soften for about 2 minutes.  Add in the olive oil, brown sugar and cornmeal and mix until it just comes together.   Add the flour, salt, baking soda and cayenne pepper; mix to make a sticky dough.

With a dough hook, knead the dough in the mixer for about 2 minutes, adding more flour if needed, until a smooth but still slightly tacky dough forms.  (Alternately you can turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more flour if needed, until smooth but still slightly tacky, about 5 minutes.)  Shape the dough into a ball, place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Meanwhile, insert a wooden stick or small skewer into each hot dog, about 2 inches deep; set aside.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and lightly oil a large baking sheet. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 12 pieces. With your palms, roll each piece into a 10 to 12-inch length. Wrap each piece around a hot dog, tucking and pressing the edges to seal; place on the baking sheet.

Brush the dough-wrapped dogs with the beaten egg. Bake until golden, 15 minutes.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information (Per Serving = 2 Corn Dogs)
Calories:  335
Protein:  19.3g
Carbs:  51.3g
Fat:  6.7g (1.2g = Sat. Fat)
Fiber:  4g
Sugars:  8.3g

Jalapeño Turkey Cheeseburgers with Guacamole

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You guys!  Labor Day weekend is this weekend and I know you totally need THE burger recipe for your BBQ.  I found it!  I truly did.  These are seriously so yummy!  We’re talking about taking a turkey burger to an elevated level with some simple spices, cheese, and quac.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of this combination for a turkey burger before, but I’m sure glad I found it.  There’s onion, garlic, fresh cilantro, smoky spices (cumin and smoked paprika), lime, and jalapeño in the turkey burger itself.  And then it gets topped with cheese and guacamole.  LOVE!  The jalapeño doesn’t make the burger spicy because you remove the seeds and membranes, but it packs GREAT flavor.

You’ve got to get these in before the grilling season ends.  I think Labor Day is a perfect excuse!  We had these on Fit Burger Buns with Easy Guacamole and we can’t wait to make them again.

Jalapeño Turkey Cheeseburgers with Guacamole
Adapted from Annie’s Eats

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced small
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, mined or pressed
1 jalapeño, seeded, cored and minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

To serve:
Sliced Reduced Fat Cheese (I used Sargento’s Colby Jack)
Fit Burger Buns

Easy Guacamole

Heat grill to medium-high heat.  Oil the grates to prevent the burgers from sticking.  To make the burgers, combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix lightly, just until evenly combined.  Form the mixture into 5 patties.

Cook the patties on the heated grill, about 3-4 minutes per side, flipping once.  A few minutes before the burgers are finished cooking, top with sliced cheese.  Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 160 degrees or until they are no longer pink.  Remove the burgers to a plate and let rest a few minutes before serving.  Assemble with burger buns and 1 tablespoon guacamole (each).

Serves 5.

Nutritional Information (Per Burger)
Calories:  393.6
Protein:  28.6g
Carbs:  33.3g
Fat:  18.9g (7g = Sat.)
Fiber:  6.4g
Sugars:  3.3g

Cheddar and Avocado Turkey Burgers

Cheddar and Avocado Turkey Burgers - Mimi's Fit Foods

It’s summer and grilling is in full-force, right!?  When summer hits I immediately have intense cravings for burgers (along with a myriad of other things!).  This is definitely one of my go-to burgers because I almost always have the ingredients, it’s easy, and it tastes fancier than a run-of-the-mill burger (although I like those too).  Turkey and avocado go so well together and the cheese gives it that punch of flavor (and fat) to make it filling and oh-so-yummy. And, it probably goes without saying, but avocado is a MUCH healthier spread than mayo.  For calorie control, I used sandwich thins for my bun (only 100 calories each), but I usually like to make my own buns because they are SO much better and only a few more calories.

So, this is a keeper in my book and I think you all should add it to your grill line-up this summer (maybe even more than once)!

Happy Grilling . . . and Happy Summer!

Cheddar and Avocado Turkey Burgers
Adapted from Real Simple

canola oil, for the grate
1 avocado, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
kosher salt and ground pepper
1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup reduced fat Cheddar, grated
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
4 whole-wheat buns (Sandwich Thins)

Heat grill to medium-high. Once it is hot, clean the grill grate with a wire brush.  Just before grilling, oil the grill grate.

Mix together the avocado, lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl until combined.

Gently mix together the turkey, Cheddar, grated onion, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper with your hands in a medium bowl until just combined. Form the turkey mixture into five patties. Use your fingers to make a shallow well in the top of each patty (this will prevent overplumping during cooking).

Grill the burgers until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165° F, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Grill the buns, split-side down, until toasted, 5 to 10 seconds per side.

Stack the burgers, sliced onion, and avocado mixture between the buns.

Serves 5.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving = 1 Full Burger)
Calories:  301
Protein:  24.1g
Carbs:  24.9g
Fat:  15.2g (3.6g = Sat.)
Fiber:  5.2g
Sugars:  2.4g

Fit and Creamy Baked Spaghetti

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Here is another way to make spaghetti.  I’ve said it before, but my cute husband doesn’t really like traditional spaghetti.  However, he’ll eat this.  I’m sure the addition of cream cheese helps, but hey . . . I’ll take it . . . and so should you.  Think pasta, cream cheese, rich marinara sauce, and more cheese.  Uh huh . . . dreamy, right?  I’ve seen versions of this meal floating around blogs and Pinterest with raving reviews so I just had to give it a whirl.  I trimmed the recipe up a bit and we absolutely adore this meal.  It’s hard to not go back for seconds!  My little baby gobbles it up right along with us.  It’s made in a casserole dish, so it makes a great family-style meal.  Since we are a small family we always have leftovers.  And, well, since it’s summer I am completely in love with leftovers because we are so busy playing these days that sometimes we don’t want to take a break to make dinner (or maybe mom is simply too tired from all the play  – let’s be honest!).  If you want a delicious spin on traditional spaghetti, add this to your lineup.  It’s so yummy (and easy, mind you!).

Fit and Creamy Baked Spaghetti
Adapted from The Blonde Can Cook

6 ounces multi-grain angel hair pasta, dry
2 cups spaghetti sauce
 (I used Prego Heart Smart)
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 teaspoon garlic salt
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
4 ounces light cream cheese
(1/3 less fat), room temperature
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Cook pasta according to directions on package, only to al dente.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground turkey, garlic salt, salt and pepper.  Brown the ground turkey until cooked through.  Stir in your spaghetti sauce.

Drain and place cooked pasta back into your pan. Add in the cream cheese and Italian seasoning. Stir until cream cheese is melted (this is easier if your cream cheese is at room temperature, but it will still work if it isn’t).

Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish (a 9×13 baking dish would work too). Spread a small amount of meat sauce in the bottom of the dish.

Put spaghetti on top of sauce and top with remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

Bake for 30 minutes on 350 or until bubbly.

Serve and enjoy!

Serves 8.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving = 1/8 the Recipe)
Calories:  311
Protein:  20g
Carbs:  14.5g
Fat:  7.2g (3.7g = Sat.)
Fiber:  1.5g
Sugars:  0.4g

Southwest Turkey Burgers Made Easy

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This is a VERY easy, yet a delicious way to make turkey burgers.  All you do is add an egg white and salsa to your ground turkey, shape into patties, and grill (or broil).  I mean, really!  Does it get a whole lot easier than that?  I love to whip these up when I don’t have much energy to make dinner because I know that we can still eat something tasty, but it only takes a few minutes from start to finish!  You don’t have to worry about pulling out spices or teaspoons or anything of the sort.  It’s awesome and they taste awesome too!

Southwest Turkey Burgers Made Easy

1 pound ground turkey breast (I used 93% lean)
1/3 cup black bean and corn salsa, from jar (I used Great Value brand)
1 egg white
optional toppings (tomato, avocado, lettuce, etc.)

In a medium bowl, combine the turkey, salsa and egg white.  Mix well and then form into 4 patties.  Grill patties for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until cooked throughout (you can also broil on each side for 5-6 minutes if you prefer not to grill).  If desired, serve with a few slices of tomato and avocado.

Serves 4.

Nutritional Information (Per Turkey Burger, No toppings)
Calories:  177.5
Protein:  23.6g
Carbs:  3.4g
Fat:  8g
Fiber:  1.3g
Sugars:  0.7g

Turkey Taco Roll-Ups

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This is a fun twist on a traditional taco.  It’s very flavorful, but baking the taco gives it a little crunch without deep frying it.  This came together in a cinch and I was WAY happy with the results.  If you’re looking for a yummy, healthy, crunchy taco . . . well, I just found you one (or two).

Turkey Taco Roll-Ups
Adapted from Du Su Mama

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb. ground turkey (93% lean)
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 teaspoon cumin
1 (15-ounce) can fire-roasted tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup reduced fat cheese (I used Mexican blend)
10 corn tortillas (I used Mission Thins)
non-stick cooking spray (I used Canola)
kosher salt, optional

Heat a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add olive oil.  Add chopped onion and cook until broken down and translucent, about 5-8 minutes.  Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add ground turkey, season with salt and pepper, taco seasoning, and cumin.  Cook until no longer pink, crumbling the meat into small pieces.  Add tomatoes and cook until warmed through.  Remove from heat; allow mixture to cool slightly.  Add cilantro and cheese and stir to combine.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet by spraying it lightly with cooking spray (or by using a Silpat linter)

Warm tortillas before placing filling inside.  (I do this in the microwave in batches.  I place two damp paper towels in the microwave, put 2-3 tortillas between the towels, and heat for 30-40 seconds.)  Put about 1/4 cup of filling inside a warmed tortilla, roll tortilla, and place on baking sheet with seam-side down.  Repeat with remaining tortillas.  Lightly spray each of the rolled tacos with cooking spray.  If desired, sprinkle with kosher salt.

Cook for 15-18 minutes, or until rolled tacos are golden brown.  If desired, serve with salsa.

Serves 5.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving = 2 Rolled Tacos)
Calories:  275.6
Protein:  23.9g
Carbs:  22.5g
Fat:  10.8g (3.3g = Sat.)
Fiber:  3.3g
Sugars:  5.3g

Turkey Cheeseburger Casserole

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The other night for dinner I was at a loss at what to make.  I wasn’t in the mood to make anything gourmet and I was tired and didn’t want to be in the kitchen all night.  So, I went through my “recipes to try” file and came across this recipe.  I had all the ingredients, looked like it would come together in a snap, and I was SUPER curious to know if it really would taste like a cheeseburger.  Thus, this was the winning recipe for the night.

Sure enough; it came together in a snap and was super easy.  And, even more amazing was the fact that it truly did taste like a cheeseburger.  I mean, it has all the elements (burger, cheese, tomato, onion, mustard, and pickle) so I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised.  I was a bit weary of putting chopped pickles on the casserole after it had baked, but it was seriously awesome.  I was definitely a fan.

This will definitely go in my file of recipes to make when I want something fast and delicious.  Enjoy!

Turkey Cheeseburger Casserole - Mimi's Fit Foods

Turkey Cheeseburger Casserole
Adapted from

6 ounce whole wheat rotini pasta (dry)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground turkey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
28 ounces diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/4 cups reduced fat shredded cheese (I used Mexican blend)
1/4 cup dill pickles, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 2-quart casserole dish (or a 9×13 baking dish) with cooking spray.  In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta according to the package directions for al dente and drain well.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat.  Add the onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.  Stir in the ground turkey, season with salt and pepper, and cook until browned.  Stir in the tomato paste, then add the tomatoes and mustard.  Let the mixture bubble gently until it is slightly thickened, about 2-5 minutes.

Toss the meat mixture with the pasta and spread it into the prepared baking dish. Top with the cheese and bake until the cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.  Sprinkle the chopped pickles over the top and serve.

Serves 6.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving = Approximately 1 1/2 Cups)
Calories:  334
Protein:  26.9g
Carbs:  33g
Fat:  12.4g (4.4g = Sat.)
Fiber:  6.2g
Sugars:  6.6g

If desired, you can go with a smaller serving size of 1 cup.  That would mean the casserole would feed approximately 9 people.  The nutritional information would then calculate as follows:

Nutritional Information (Per Serving = Approximately 1 Cup)
Calories:  222.8
Protein:  17.9g
Carbs:  22g
Fat:  8.3g (2.9g = Sat.)
Fiber:  4.1g
Sugars:  4.4g

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

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Here is a unique and spectacular spin on chili.  One of my sisters was quick to tell me that I had to try it, and she was RIGHT (thanks Becca for the tip-off)!  As soon as I looked up the recipe it was bookmarked for the future for various reasons.  1 – It’s a slow cooker meal and I love using my slow cooker on days when I know I’m not going to have time to make dinner.  2 – It’s got black beans and sweet potatoes in it.  A beautiful pair.  3 – It has interesting ingredients in it that caught my curiosity, but I could also visualize how they would all come together and work.  Pumpkin puree, cocoa powder, and cinnamon . . . in chili?  Yep!  And, it works!

Now, I’m not going to lead you astray here!  It took me a little extra time than planned to get this in my slow cooker.  I usually look at my slow cooker as a time saver, but it didn’t really play that role here.  In this case, the slow cooker played the fantastic role of taking extra time to really help all these flavors meld together.  I still had to cut up all the veggies, sauté the veggies, and then brown the meat . . . all before throwing it in the slow cooker.  Here’s the thing.  All those steps TOTALLY help to elevate the flavor, so don’t skip them.  And, the extra steps made this chili SUPER awesome.  All I’m saying is don’t get in the mind set that this is a meal that takes you all of five minutes to throw in the slow cooker and then dinner is ready in 6 hours.  It’s going to take you a little bit to get it in the slow cooker (it took me about 35-40ish minutes), but then the slow cooker works its magic and you’ll be SO glad you made it.

It makes A LOT.  It freezes great, so I make the entire recipe and freeze half of it for later.  You can also half the recipe and cook it in a smaller slow cooker.  Or, you can invite friends/family over for dinner.  You choose!

That all being said, it’s really hard to EXACTLY describe the flavors.  You just HAVE to make it.  I will tell you this.  I’m totally making it for the next chili cook-off and I’m pretty sure it’s a shoe-in for the blue ribbon.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Turkey Chili
Slightly adapted from Our Best Bites

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, diced (any color)
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 bell pepper, diced (I used red)
1-2 jalapenos, minced (I used 2)
20 ounces ground turkey breast
8 ounces mushrooms, minced (about 2 heaping cups)
2 teaspoons cumin
2  teaspoons kosher salt
1/2  teaspoons pepper
1  teaspoon oregano
1  teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2  teaspoons smoked paprika
1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes (orange), peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes (not drained)
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
32 ounces beef broth (one box/carton)
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie puree)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

optional:  light sour cream, sliced avocado, chopped cilantro or green onion, and fresh lime juice for serving

Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat.  Add  1 teaspoon olive oil and add onion, garlic, bell pepper, and jalapenos.  Saute for about 5 minutes, until veggies are tender and fragrant.  Add to slow cooker.

In same skillet, heat remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil.  Add turkey and mushrooms and stir to combine.  Sprinkle in cumin, salt, pepper, oregano, chili powder and smoked paprika.  (note: the meat will taste very seasoned when done.  Keep in mind these seasonings are not to flavor just the meat, they will season the entire pot of chili, so they are intentionally strong!)  Add turkey mixture to slow cooker.

Add sweet potatoes, tomatoes, beans, broth, pumpkin, cinnamon, and cocoa powder to slow cooker and stir til combine.  Place lid on pot and cook for  4-6 hours on high, or 8-10 on low.   Slow-cookers vary greatly in temperature and cooking times, but you’ll know it’s ready when the sweet potatoes are tender.

When done, turn off heat and let chili sit with lid off for 10-15 minutes to thicken.  Season with additional salt to taste before serving.  If desired, serve with sour cream, sliced avocados, and a small squirt of fresh lime juice, and any other toppings desired.

Serves 10.

Nutritional Information (per serving = 1 1/2 cup plain chili)
Calories: 256
Protein: 22.4g
Carbs: 40g
Fat 2.4 g

Turkey Spaghetti Pie

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So, I grew up eating spaghetti quite regularly.  Spaghetti was in my mom’s weekly rotation and I actually loved it.  I still love spaghetti to this day.  When I married my handsome man, I quickly found out that he is not really a fan of spaghetti.  Huh?  Who doesn’t like spaghetti?  I quickly found ways to win over his heart with pasta and marinara and learned that meatballs and penne pasta are the ticket to his spaghetti-loving-heart.

Well, good news is that I recently found this Spaghetti Pie to fit the bill too!  I, of course, loved it and was slightly hesitant to ask for Beau’s honest opinion after dinner.  I took the plunge and asked him what he thought and was delighted to hear that he really liked it!  You don’t know how badly I want to start putting this spaghetti pie into my weekly rotation, but I’ll try not to totally push my luck (so, maybe every-other-week will work. . . haha!).

This dish led to a nice traditional mixture of flavors between spaghetti and lasagna.  The cottage cheese helps to enrich the flavors and the noodle crust (which is filled with pasta, eggs, and cheese) was fabulous when paired with the cottage cheese and marinara meat mixture.  I’m not gonna lie . . . I was kind of sad when Beau took the leftovers to work because I REALLY wanted them.  But, on the other side of things, I was pleased that he wanted to eat them too.  I guess that means I can make this again sooner than later.  Whooohooo!

Turkey Spaghetti Pie
Slightly Adapted from Taste of Homes “Everyday Light Meals”

6 ounces uncooked whole wheat thin spaghetti
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 egg whites, slightly beaten
12 ounces lean ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium bell pepper (any color), chopped
1 1/2 cups meatless spaghetti sauce (like Prego HeartSmart)
1 cup 2% cottage cheese
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.  Drain well and cool to room temperature.  In a bowl, combine the spaghetti, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, egg, and egg whites.  Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate coated with nonstick cooking spray and form into a crust; set aside.

In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook turkey, onion and bell pepper until turkey is no longer pink; drain.  Add spaghetti sauce; heat through.  Spread cottage cheese over crust; top with turkey mixture.

Bake uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.  Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.  Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting; cut into 6 slices.

Serves 6.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving = 1 Slice)
Calories:  302
Protein:  25.7g
Carbs:  29.4g
Fat: 9.7g (4g = Sat. Fat)
Fiber:  4g
Sugars:  4.4g